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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Democrats Concede Defeat On Offshore Drilling

Not like they had any choice considering they didn't have enough votes to pass an energy bill without drilling, they didn't have the votes to pass their sham drilling bill that was all show and no meat and they didn't have the votes to continue to the, they were forced to concede defeat.

Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in a months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that a provision continuing the moratorium will be dropped this year from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Congress recesses for the election.

Republicans have made lifting the ban a key campaign issue after gasoline prices spiked this summer and public opinion turned in favor of more drilling. President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling in July.

"If true, this capitulation by Democrats following months of Republican pressure is a big victory for Americans struggling with record gasoline prices," said House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio.

Game. Set. Match.

Thank you to the Republicans that fought so hard to see to it that the Democrats couldn't thwart the will of the people who by a good majority told them to get on with it and lets start drilling so that some day we can achieve more independence.